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News, The Snitch New SFPD Chief Toney Chaplin Promises "Reform, Reform, Reform"

New SFPD Chief Toney Chaplin Promises "Reform, Reform, Reform"

The four golden stars pinned to acting San Francisco police Chief Toney Chaplin's collar sometime in the past 24 hours — when Mayor Ed Lee named him to succeed Greg Suhr, ousted after yesterday's fatal police shooting — shined in…
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News, The Snitch Should S.F. Elect its Police Chief?

Should S.F. Elect its Police Chief?

When he fired police Chief Greg Suhr on Thursday and appointed an interim replacement a few hours after police shot and killed an unarmed black woman suspected of stealing a car, Mayor Ed Lee was bending to the will of…
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News, The Snitch Police Chief Greg Suhr Is Gone; Mayor Appoints Replacement

Police Chief Greg Suhr Is Gone; Mayor Appoints Replacement

Hours after police shot and killed an apparently unarmed black woman in the Bayview, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr handed his resignation to Mayor Ed Lee, the mayor announced Thursday afternoon at City Hall. Suhr, a San Francisco…
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News, The Snitch Supervisor Jane Kim: Police Chief Greg Suhr Has Got To Go

Supervisor Jane Kim: Police Chief Greg Suhr Has Got To Go

After the "Frisco 5" protesters starved themselves for 17 days in an attempt to get Mayor Ed Lee to replace police Chief Greg Suhr — by whose side the mayor continues to stand, even as like-minded supporters camp inside…
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News, The Snitch The SFPD is Pretty Well Fucked

The SFPD is Pretty Well Fucked

The day of reckoning is upon San Francisco’s finest. Or, in other words, the Police Department is fucked. Cops who engage in racial profiling, old-school "stop and frisk tactics," poor discipline of problem officers, little to no accountability across…
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News, The Snitch Frisco 5 End Hunger Strike; Supporters Turn City Hall into a Fortress Again

Frisco 5 End Hunger Strike; Supporters Turn City Hall into a Fortress Again

After making worldwide news, the "Frisco 5" hunger strike ended on Saturday after 17 days without solid food for five people, who had hoped to force Mayor Ed Lee into meeting demands — including the removal of police Chief…
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News, The Snitch Frisco 5: Longest Hunger Strike in Memory; Stalemate in Standoff with Mayor

Frisco 5: Longest Hunger Strike in Memory; Stalemate in Standoff with Mayor

It's been sixteen days now without solid food now for the "Frisco 5," the activists camped outside Mission Police station on a hunger strike, refusing to budge or to eat until San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr is fired…
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News, The Snitch "Frisco 5" March to City Hall to Meet with Mayor Ed Lee (Who is Unavailable)

"Frisco 5" March to City Hall to Meet with Mayor Ed Lee (Who is Unavailable)

Yesterday, Mayor Ed Lee popped into the Mission police station, where five activists have been staging a hunger strike for the past 12 days. The strikers — led by rapper and preschool teacher Equipto, who has been hounding the mayor…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Told Chronicle About New Homeless Center Before Supe, Neighborhood

Mayor Told Chronicle About New Homeless Center Before Supe, Neighborhood

The San Francisco Chronicle is in the know — so in the know that the city's main major daily newspaper knew about Mayor Ed Lee's plans to put a new Navigation Center in a Mid-Market hotel notorious for poor…
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News, The Snitch SF's New Jail Dream Officially Dies; Now What?

SF's New Jail Dream Officially Dies; Now What?

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department has rescinded its application for $80 million in state funding to pay for a new County Jail to replace the detention facilities at the decrepit Hall of Justice, effectively putting a final end to a…
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News, The Snitch "Shot on Keith Street": Remixed iPhone Ads Featuring Mario Woods Pop Up in SF

"Shot on Keith Street": Remixed iPhone Ads Featuring Mario Woods Pop Up in SF

Last March, Apple blanketed San Francisco with ads touting the quality of the camera in its then relatively new iPhone 6. Responding to the National Geographic-worthy billboard-sized nature art, some enterprising city dwellers took to the streets to show…
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News, The Snitch The Day After Killing in Front of Police Station, Mayor, Chief Announce Police Reforms

The Day After Killing in Front of Police Station, Mayor, Chief Announce Police Reforms

On Monday morning, a somber and slightly ashen-faced Mayor Ed Lee appeared at a press conference — an act rarer and rarer for the mayor in  the nearly three months since the fatal police shooting of Mario Woods on…
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News, The Snitch George Gascón, Uninterested in Making Friends, Forms "Corruption Task Force" with FBI

George Gascón, Uninterested in Making Friends, Forms "Corruption Task Force" with FBI

Federal law enforcement likes nothing more than bringing down a corrupt politician. That's one reason why the FBI spent over $1 million wining and dining convicted Chinatown mobster and murder-for-hire organizer Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, and why a case…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Ed Lee Has Not Met or Spoken with Mario Woods' Mother

Mayor Ed Lee Has Not Met or Spoken with Mario Woods' Mother

If not swift, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's response to the Dec. 2 police shooting death of Mario Woods was at least deliberate. Five days after Woods — the suspect in an earlier stabbing — was shot and killed…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Welcomed Super Bowl on Handshake Deal; No Contract, No Public Review

S.F. Welcomed Super Bowl on Handshake Deal; No Contract, No Public Review

Much has been made of how San Francisco agreed to host the Super Bowl 50 festivities without billing the National Football League or the Super Bowl Host Committee for the $5.3 million in city services required to handle the lengthy…
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News, The Snitch Busing the Homeless? "Tent City" Homeless May Relocate — to Pier 80

Busing the Homeless? "Tent City" Homeless May Relocate — to Pier 80

When you're living on the street, information is currency. Some homeless folks have phones, sure, but the data they're looking for isn't a quick Googling away. Where eat, where to sleep, and where to score are all important —…
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News, The Snitch Massive Super Bowl Ads Illegal, City Attorney Says

Massive Super Bowl Ads Illegal, City Attorney Says

Remember that large and rather ill-executed Verizon Super Bowl 50 ad draping the Embarcadero Center near the Ferry Building? And remember how San Francisco's ban on general advertising — which bans new billboards and ads of this exact kind…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Ed Lee Fundraisers Charged with Felony Bribery

Mayor Ed Lee Fundraisers Charged with Felony Bribery

A former city employee and a former city commissioner who helped raise money for Mayor Ed Lee's 2011 election bid were charged with felony bribery today, District Attorney George Gascón announced. Zula Jones, who was Lee's employee of the…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Lee Turns Dolores Park Tour Into Impromptu Press Conference Defending Police Chief Suhr

Mayor Lee Turns Dolores Park Tour Into Impromptu Press Conference Defending Police Chief Suhr

Mayor Ed Lee swore today that virtually everything about policing in San Francisco will change, except one big thing: Police Chief Greg Suhr stays. “We’re just not there,” Lee said, in response to a reporter’s question about protesters’ demands…
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News, The Snitch Police to Reconsider Use of Force Policy after Killing of Mario Woods

Police to Reconsider Use of Force Policy after Killing of Mario Woods

San Francisco will review and potentially revise the police department's "Use of Force" policy following the fatal police shooting of Mario Woods in the Bayview last Wednesday, Dec. 2. Video of the shooting, showing at least ten police officers…
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